Behind my vision of Willamette Valley Chardonnay is the collective wisdom from what innumerable harvests have taught around the world. It was an honor to travel, & take part in traditions, to have gathered experience & tasted great wines before returning to the land where I grew from.
Chardonnay's fluidity shows nuance. It thrives in many climates & soils. It's highly responsive in the cellar, a clear reflection of how it's made. To many, it's identity may be uncertain. Starting with this humble grape, my singular focus is to craft authentic age-worthy wines of time & place.
Each year's weather conditions are unique; time shaping the character of Willamette Valley Chardonnay. Seasonal conditions dance & vineyard microclimates shift, dynamic imprints within the fruit's DNA. Tuning in to subtleties, nuances and details is my task; paying attention & being present with time.
The soil, microclimate, topography, elevation, aspect & farming philosophy all have an enormous impact on the character of grapes. And there is way more than meets the eye. The 'soul of place' is what I seek to discover, over time, producing Willamette Valley Chardonnay which is authentic to it's place.
Morgen Long Willamette Valley Chardonnay is created with an inquisitive approach. After working as closely as I can to the vine with thoughtful farmers, my goal is balancing the craft of winemaking with a discovery of the authentic expression of grape, time & place. I imagine my wines are liquid almanacs, transparent & illustrative.
Handpicked fruit is pressed, and juice is transferred to French oak barrels with carefully selected lees. Indigenous, ambient yeasts begin fermentation, & aging takes place, ideally, without additions or lees stirring. After one year, wines are racked to stainless steel to age a second winter on lees & are bottled the following spring.